Netflix released a wild limited series this month with Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, which served up a zoo owner and a murder-for-hire plot against the backdrop of “big cat breeding.” What was the real goal behind the series? Tiger King’s co-director has explained.
Tiger King co-director Eric Goode has opened up about the initial purpose behind putting a spotlight on the characters captured in the show. At first, it was all about the animals, and not Joe Exotic. Speaking about some of the zoos shown, Goode told Vanity Fair:
Viewers have a lot to sift through after watching Tiger King, including the issues that the series’ co-director mentions. For reference, Eric Goode directed the series with Rebecca Chaiklin. Together, they uncovered a story that was larger than life as they balanced it with the goal of raising awareness for the animals.
Tiger King’s co-director went on to clarify his initial comments as to the limited series’ aim. Eric Goode pointed out the intersection between “binge-worthy television” and the series’ central characters. What did that mean for Goode’s initial vision for the series? Clarifying his earlier statement, Goode said:
Did the humans overwhelm the emphasis on the animals? Whether it has or not, the final product has apparently not been hurt it in terms of viewership. Thanks to Netflix’s new feature that reveals the most popular shows over the last day, it is safe to say Tiger King is finding an audience.
It is currently ranked as the #1 most-watched content in the U.S. on Netflix, followed by the breakout viewing of The CW series All American. To say that Tiger King has been an early success would be putting it mildly. Tiger King comes on the heels of last year’s Don’t F—k with Cats, which traumatized many animal lovers.
The star of that series revealed she had no idea the show would be so popular. Fast forward a few months, and everyone is talking about hybridized cats, thanks to Tiger King. Will Tiger King achieve its goal of spreading awareness en masse? It certainly shines a spotlight on a world that many probably did not know existed. I, for one, have had my eyes opened just from hearing about the series.
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